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Vol. 120 No. 10

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Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Patton Boro Council considers PennDOT’s new laws for parades Since 1893

By Sarah Wolford

In conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, Cambria County Commissioner Tom Chernisky stopped by Cambria Heights Elementary School to read a Dr. Seuss story to a first grade class Friday, March 1. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

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During their February meeting, the members of the Patton Borough Council discussed new laws they had received from PennDOT regarding holding parades on state roadways. Previously, the borough council would receive a request for a parade and make a motion to allow it to take place along the described route. According to the new laws, the borough must now have a safety plan in place in order to approve the closure of streets, also the organization holding the parade must have proof of liability insurance, and approved PennDOT signage

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must be used along the parade route. A safety crew must sign off on the plan, as well as the state police, before the plan is sent to PennDOT to review. The process for approval could take up to 6-8 weeks and must be completed prior to holding the parade. Local organizations, like the fire company and events committee, among others, which have requested to close streets in the past, will be affected. And, council said the fire company is probably the only entity to already have liability insurance. Councilors suggested putting together a special meeting during which they could discuss the

Northern Cambria School Board revisits preliminary budget Hastings By Sarah Wolford

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Northern Cambria School District business manager April Miller once again presented information on the preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year to school board members during their Tuesday, Feb. 19

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meeting. Miller told the school board that, as of the meeting, the projected fund balance for June 30, 2013, was $1.6 million. She added that she will continue to refine the numbers as she works on the budget. Miller said she made adjustments in local, federal, and state sources, as well as adding a full-time bookkeeper, a full-time secretary in the elementary / middle school, and a weekend custodian to the budget. She also added a $50,000 placeholder for an art / music teacher. This flat sum does not include benefits.

Some savings for the district were found in the area of the budget designated for Admiral Peary Vo-Tech tuition. Previously, the district had budgeted $400,000 for APVT tuition. However, Miller said they had never used the full amount budgeted. Also, due to cuts at APVT, it now costs much less to send students. Miller said she budgeted $283,500 for APVT tuition. According to Miller’s calculations, the estimated deficit for the 2013-14 school year, by the preliminary budget numbers, would be approximately $808,000. Miller also addressed a right to

know request regarding the Miller Trust Fund. The fund specifies that it must primarily be used for the district’s track. If the money is not needed at the track, it can then be used for other athletic needs. Miller noted that because the funds have not been utilized since 2009, there was an estimated $17,000 to $20,000 available. With all of the talk on the budget, resident and district parent Brian Bougher revisited the subject of Act 93 raises, which were retroactively approved at a previous meeting. Many had raised concerns over the SEE BUDGET, PAGE 19A

Don’t forget: 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, marks the beginning of daylight savings time. Saturday, before retiring, set all your time pieces ahead one hour and start planning ways to make up the hour of sleep you will be losing! Also, all local fire companies are reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. A fresh battery in a working smoke detector can save lives, maybe yours. Firefighters are urging residents to make a regular habit of changing their smoke detector batteries each spring and fall when the time is changed. It is also a great idea to give detectors a regular test as often as every week.

Happier times

Northern Cambria cheerleaders and fans cheer on their Colts on Saturday at DeGol Arena on the campus of Saint Francis Univiersity. The Colts did battle with Penn Cambria for the District 6-AA championship. NC came up short, losing 63-43. The Colts play Apollo Ridge in the first round of the PIAA playoffs, Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Central Cambria High School. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

SEE PARADES, PAGE 17A

Borough adds new councilman By Paula Varner

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The make-up of the Hastings Borough Council has been in flux since November of last year. Council accepted the resignation of member Rodney Pierce on Nov. 6, 2012. His seat was assumed by Terry Deckard on Dec. 18. Then, as council greeted the new year, another councilman resigned. Rodney Angert submitted his resignation on Jan. 15. Once again, council instigated a search for someone to fill the vacancy. The empty seat was filled at the Feb. 19 meeting when Sam Patterson joined Hastings Borough Council. Council returned to full strength with Patterson joining president Christopher Gibbons, vice president Joseph Taranto, and councilors Alison Link, Dennis Guthrie, Eugene Rogal and Deckard. A major topic of discussion for the board following Patterson’s appointment was the remodeling job occurring on the second floor of the borough building. The second floor has been sitting vacant for some time. Several years ago, a nursing agency rented the space but once they departed, the expanse sat unused. That was until recently when a local dance studio expressed an interest in renting the area as SEE ADDS, PAGE 17A


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